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Why Can’t I Read Every Book I Want?

If you look on Goodreads, and check out my to read list, you’ll notice that I have 923 books listed. At the pace I’ve been reading, it’ll take me forty-six years to read all of them. But for many of them, they’re only the first books of series I want to read. That means the number of books is easily three to four times as big. My life won’t be that long.

I’ve noticed some people, including authors, can read up to 300 books a year. I’d really like to know how they do that! How many hours do they read every day? How do they find the time to do that?

I know I’ve been slacking off in my reading recently. I really should just try go somewhere in the house where I can be by myself and read. But that’s difficult to do. I could easily read an hour or two a day. I remember when I was in university, I read four or five hours a day for a while. I burned through the books quickly. But this was during summer when I had no classes, and all I was doing was working. I’d like to get through my books quickly. I want to read at least fifty books a year.

How many books do you read a year? How many hours do you read every day? Let me know in the comments below.

Where Can You Find Me?

All of you who are subscribers of my blog can find me in your newsfeed or in email notifications. However, you can also find me in many other places. And I don’t just mean social media.

So, where can you find me? First, let’s look at the social media sites.

I’m very active in two places, though I do update in several social media sites. First is Twitter. I have more than 3,000 followers there, and I find it a quick way to talk to people. I check it several times a day, so if you ever want to talk to me there, that’s a good place. So, please follow me on Twitter! Second is Facebook. I have a Facebook page for this blog, and I update there whenever I update this blog, but it’s also a good place to get in touch with me. I only have 61 people following me there, but I’d love to have more. If you haven’t done so, please like my Facebook page.

I also update regularly on a couple others. First is Google Plus. There, I have 67 followers, so it’s not a lot. But if you’re on there, please add me to your circles. And then there’s Pinterest. All of my posts go up there in different categories. I have 30 followers, though they’re mostly friends and family. But you’re very welcome to follow me there!

Outside of social media, there are several websites where I’m active. First is YouTube. I have a channel there, and I really think you should subscribe. I have 42 subscribers at the moment, and I have a large number of videos coming soon. So, please go over and subscribe.

I’m also on Goodreads, and I’m always updating my reading there. I have a lot of books, so you can see what I like and what I want to read. Once I’ve published a book, I’ll be using it a lot more. So, go on over and become a friend.

And finally, I’m regularly at Critique Circle, where I participate in the forums and put works in progress up for critiquing. I also critique stories. I have a free plan, so I can add friends, however, I can add you as a favourite. So, come on over and add me as a favourite author, then send me a message. I’ll add you back.

I’m looking forward to seeing you on many of those websites. Are you members of them? Which ones? If you want others to follow you, go ahead and leave links to your profiles in the comments below.

Authors Answer 58 – Author Online Hangouts

In the past, long before the internet, it was difficult to interact with authors. They could be contacted by mail, and maybe you could see them at an event, but it was not easy to seek them out otherwise. These days, the internet has provided both authors and readers a way to communicate easily. Some authors are very involved with the public, others are not. So, where can you find us online?

320px-Modern-ftn-pen-cursiveQuestion 58 – What are some online forums or websites you use to have discussions with other authors?

D. T. Nova

Honestly, the most interaction I have with other authors is probably actually in the comment sections for authors’ blogs.

Aside from that, I spend some time on Goodreads’s forums.

Gregory S. Close

Although it’s as much with readers as authors, I find the r/fantasy community of Reddit the best outlet for all things fantasy.  Good discussion.  Honest (mostly polite) disagreement.  Great interactions.  Otherwise, I interact with a few of my author friends and acquaintances on Facebook or by email.

Paul B. Spence

I don’t.

Caren Rich

I use Critique Circle- that a good place to get basic critiques of a story. I am also a member of several FaceBook author groups. The most useful ones are Clean Indie Authors and Indie Authors. You have to be careful with Facebook groups some of them are just out to promote what they write and aren’t good for troubleshooting. I’m also a member of Sisters in Crime, a mystery writers group. I highly recommend them. You have to pay to be a member but it is worth it. They offer classes every month that well worth the money.

Allen Tiffany

CritiqueCircle is where I spend 97% of my time online ref my writing. In addition to cycling stories through, I’m active on the boards there and enjoy the discussions. Other than that, there are a few blogs I’ll post to – this being one of them.

H. Anthe Davis

I’m kind of reclusive, alas — I know I should reach out more, but I’d rather stay in my little writing-cave, ignoring the world.  That said, I hang out a bit on the Fantasy Faction forums, though not frequently; I tend to go months between actual posts.

Eric Wood

As of right now the only site I use to converse with other authors is WordPress where I blog.

Elizabeth Rhodes

Year-round I use CritiqueCircle.  Even though I only frequent a few of the threads there are enough familiar faces to make me feel comfortable opening up.  Around November I go to National Novel Writing Month’s site, but I don’t know people there as well.  For a while I used to go to the writing forums on Gaia Online, and it was a good place to talk about writing once you found where the regulars stayed.  But it was difficult for me to keep up with three places at once and I haven’t been as active there.

S. R. Carrillo

Honestly? The blog and, sometimes, YouTube. I need to find some, I suppose. I didn’t know that was a thing.

Jean Davis

The website I use most to connect with other writers is Critique Circle.

Tracey Lynn Tobin

The biggest one for me is the NaNoWriMo website/forums. There are tons of awesome people on there. You can talk to people from one side of the planet to the other, or you can hunt down people who live right down the road from you pretty damn easily. Plus there are tons of resources (there’s an entire forum dedicated just to helping each other answer weird questions that you need for plot reasons), and lots of fun stuff to keep you busy when you need a few moments to procrastinate. Not to mention, in recent years lots of big companies have gotten into supporting NaNoWriMo, so you’ll find all kinds of software developers offering trials of their writing programs, companies offering big discounts on things like editing and cover design, and lots and lots of writers sharing info on who is accepting submissions right now or which website is having a big contest at the moment. It’s got a little bit of everything, and all of it is helpful. 🙂

Jay Dee Archer

You’ll find me online in several places, though I haven’t always been very active in some of them. Of course, you’ll find me on WordPress, including this blog and a few others I frequent. Outside of blogging, I’m regularly on Critique Circle, though I could be more active there. Once I get back to writing and posting Journey to Ariadne, I’ll be active there again. I’m also around on Goodreads sometimes. I’ve been meaning to take advantage of Reddit’s fantasy and science fiction groups. And I’m also on Youtube.

How about you?

If you’re an author, where do you spend time online talking with other authors and readers? If you’re not an author, where do you like to talk to authors?

Goodreads Choice Awards Winners

The winners for the Goodreads Choice Awards 2015 have been announced. Some interesting winners in there. However, I didn’t vote because I haven’t read any of the books. But let’s take a look at a few of them briefly.


Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee is the fiction winner. It’s only her second novel, released many years after her first, To Kill a Mockingbird. I wonder what it’s like.


Neil Gaiman has a winner with Trigger Warning, which appears to be an anthology.

Science Fiction

Golden Son by Pierce Brown won this category. I have to be honest here. I’ve never heard of Pierce Brown before. Seems it’s only his second novel.

Young Adult Fantasy

Sarah J. Maas wins here with Queen of Shadows. This is an author I’ve only heard the name of, but never really knew what her books were about. Well, it seems she’s a New York Times bestselling author.

I haven’t covered all the books, but the ones that are of some interest to me. Go to the link at the top of this post, and check out the other winners. Are there any you’re interested in? Leave a comment below.

It’s Finally Finished!

At 1,273 pages, this was the longest book I had ever read. The Neutronium Alchemist by Peter F. Hamilton is finally finished. It took me far too long to read it, and instead of being caught up in my Goodreads challenge, I am now eleven books behind. Can I catch up?

It’s hard to describe the feeling of finishing such a behemoth of a book. It was a very good book, but at times, I just wished it would end, because it kept going and going and going. I was wondering when I’d get to the end so I could move on to another book. Of course, being the second book of a trilogy, the ending was a cliffhanger. Sure, the primary problem in this book was solved, but the major problem that spans the three books continues. I look forward to reading The Naked God. But not yet. I need some time away from this trilogy to focus on other books.

But my feeling was one of relief. Almost like I was released from the grasp of this world I was immersed into. But then, I’m slowly settling myself into another world, one of mythology set in Ancient Greece: The Iliad. Time for a classic!

How do you feel when you finish a huge book?

Failing Terribly at My Reading Challenge

It’s only the end of July and I have read less than a book a month. That’s awful. Take a look at my Goodreads reading challenge.

Seriously? That's awful!
Seriously? That’s awful!

What’s wrong with this picture? 11 books behind schedule? What is going on? Well, I have to blame all the big books I’m reading this year. Turns out I gave myself a rather difficult schedule. The book I’m reading now has more than 1200 pages. But I’ll be finished soon! Lets take a look at my schedule.

For physical printed books, I have this schedule:

  1. The Neutronium Alchemist – Peter F. Hamilton (currently reading)
  2. The Iliad – Homer
  3. The Dragon Reborn – Robert Jordan
  4. Mercury – Ben Bova
  5. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe – C. S. Lewis
  6. Redemption Ark – Alastair Reynolds
  7. Reaper Man – Terry Pratchett
  8. Green Mars – Kim Stanley Robinson
  9. Hamlet – William Shakespeare
  10. Dune Messiah – Frank Herbert
  11. Children of the Mind – Orson Scott Card
  12. Exile – R. A. Salvatore
  13. The Naked God – Peter F. Hamilton
  14. Armageddon’s Children – Terry Brooks
  15. Blue Mars – Kim Stanley Robinson
  16. Memories of Ice – Steven Erikson
  17. The Ringworld Engineers – Larry Niven
  18. Rendezvous with Rama – Arthur C. Clarke
  19. Stone of Tears – Terry Goodkind
  20. The Shadow Rising – Robert Jordan
  21. Prince Caspian – C. S. Lewis
  22. Absolution Gap – Alastair Reynolds
  23. A Feast for Crows – George R. R. Martin
  24. Black Powder War – Naomi Novik
  25. Witches Abroad – Terry Pratchett
  26. Sojourn – R. A. Salvatore

Some of the upcoming books are shorter, so that’s good. And now for the eBooks, which I haven’t been getting through very quickly, either.

  1. The Book of Deacon – Joseph R. Lallo (currently reading)
  2. Keepers of Water – R. G. Porter
  3. Young Lord of Khadora – Richard S. Tuttle
  4. Blood and Steel – Martin Parece
  5. The Seekers of Fire – Lynna Merrill
  6. The Prophecy – Jeffrey M. Poole
  7. Legon Awakening – Nicholas Taylor
  8. The Shadowbearer – Terry C. Simpson
  9. Supernova – Crystal Ward
  10. Collapse – Richard Stephenson
  11. Book of Remembrance – Tania Johansson
  12. The Weight of Blood – David Dalglish
  13. The Burning Sky – Joseph Robert Lewis

And then there are a couple art books I should really get finished. They’re quick reads.

  1. The World of Robert Bateman (currently reading)
  2. Robert Bateman: An Artist in Nature

As you can see, I like to plan out my reading schedule. Before, I’d just pile the books up around my bed, back when I lived by myself. It was easy. Now, I keep my books in a closet, and I can’t stack them up like I used to. But with the schedule, it’s easy for me to check and see what’s next.

Of course, I can’t get through this entire list before we move to Canada. I’ll be sending my books back to Canada. No, I will not sell them, I spent over $1000 on my collection of books, considering prices here in Japan are double or triple what they are in Canada. But that’s because they’re imported.

How’s your reading going? Like my list? Anything stand out? Let me know in the comments.

The Hugo Awards as Chosen by Goodreads – 1950s

The Hugo Awards are a set of awards given to the best science fiction and fantasy works of fiction of the previous year. Since 1953, they’ve been given out more or less annually. They’re generally voted on by those supporting or attending the World Science Fiction Convention, or Worldcon. There are several categories.

But what would it be like if those who decided who the winners are were Goodreads members? I decided to find out how different the awards would be. I will only be covering novels for this. I will be posting the results by decade, starting with the 1950s.

The ’50s didn’t see many awards given, and the first few had no competition. They were just awarded, it seemed. No other nominees were listed for the first four. I will include them with their Goodreads ratings, though. So, let’s find out who the winners (new and old) are.


The nominees were:

As it was the only listed nominee, the winner is still The Demolished Man.

Old winner
New winner


The nominees were:

As it was the only nominee listed, the winner stays the same.

Old winner.
New winner.










The nominees were:

Yet again, only one nominee listed, so the winner doesn’t change.

Old winner.
New winner.










The nominees were:

This is the final year that only one nominee is listed. The winner is unchanged, of course.

Old winner.
New winner.










The nominees were:

For the first time, we have a list of nominees. This was a close one, but there is a new winner.

Old winner.
Old winner.
New winner.
New winner.









And that completes the 1950s. It’s not very exciting, since the award had just started, and we didn’t get to see many nominees for most of the years. However, after this, we will see many changes. It’s fascinating to see how different today’s reader’s opinion can change the winner of a prestigious award like the Hugo Award. Coming soon is the 1960s.

Do you agree with the change in 1959? Discuss the results in the comments below.

2014 Goodreads Choice Awards

I spend a lot of my time on Goodreads through my iPhone app, so I don’t often see what’s going on through the website.  But I was lucky enough to check it out last night and see that the 2014 Goodreads Choice Awards had started.

These awards allow you (if you’re a Goodreads member) to vote for your favourite books published in 2014.  It’s the opening round now, so you can vote on the 15 books that have been statistically selected for each genre, or you can nominate your own favourites.  Semifinals start next week, while the Finals start in two weeks.

I like these awards because they allow self-published authors to compete with established, traditionally-published authors.  There’s also a category for Debut Goodreads Authors for those first time authors.  It’s also a great opportunity for the reader to choose who should win.

I’m beginning to wonder if I should have a Goodreads Choice Awards reading challenge.

I’m Not Making My Reading Challenge, Am I?

Earlier this year, I set my reading challenge at 30 books on Goodreads.  I’m stuck at 12 books at the moment.  Only 3 months to go and 18 books to go.  Not going to happen!

As it stands, I’m almost finished A Storm of Swords, but I have a rather long book after to read.  Then it’s a bunch of mostly shorter books.  However, I don’t think I’ll make 18 books.  But let’s look at what I’ve got coming up.

For paperback/print books, I have the following:

  • The Seeds of Earth, by Michael Cobley.  It’s a bit long.
  • So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish, by Douglas Adams.  It’s quick.
  • 3001: The Final Odyssey, by Arthur C. Clarke.  Another short one.
  • Homeland, by R. A. Salvatore.  This isn’t that long.
  • Star Trek: Nemesis, by J. M. Dillard.  This should be quick, too.
  • Deadhouse Gates, by Steven Erikson.  Long!
  • Julius Caesar, by William Shakespeare.  This is pretty short.
  • The Neutronium Alchemist, by Peter F. Hamilton.  This is pretty long.

So, you see what I’ve got to read.  The next 8 books consist of 3 long ones, 4 short ones, and a medium-ish one.

I also have e-books to read, but I don’t get through them as quickly, unless they’re short.  It should take me long to read the one I’m on at the moment, though.  I also have a couple art books by Robert Bateman to read, and they are quick to read.

I do have something else, though. My daughter has the full Beatrix Potter set.  They’re all very short books.  I could read them.

The Influence of Goodreads Ratings

I just started reading a book in my Kindle app on my iPhone tonight, and it’s the lowest-rated book I have.  On Goodreads, it’s rated a 2.85 overall with 41 ratings.  Doesn’t sound very good, does it?  But did it deter me from reading it?  Not at all.

First of all, it was a free download.  Second, it’s not a very long book, so it shouldn’t take me long to read.  Third, I like to give some of these lower-rated books a try, just in case I may actually like them.

Does Goodreads influence which books I read?  Yes, it does.  I do look at the overall ratings, and normally wouldn’t start on something that’s rated poorly, unless it was a free book.  I usually wouldn’t buy a book from the store if I saw that it had low ratings.  I go for the books with better ratings, because I’d like to spend my money on a good quality product.

Since it is rated quite low, I’m going into the book with low expectations.  It’s difficult not to.  I want to go in with an open mind, and I do the best I can, hoping for a surprise.  I have read books I enjoyed, but were rated lower than expected. I’ve also read books I thought weren’t deserving of the 4.00+ average rating on Goodreads.  It’s all personal taste.

How much do the ratings on Goodreads affect what you read?